by, 03-24-2012 at 01:25 PM (1576 Views)
I've been a WWE fan since 1990, since then hings have changed. Eras, talent, and WRITING TEAM.
Golden Era which had the faces of the company such as Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Macho man and later down the road Bret Hart.
Attitude Era which we had The Rock, Mick Foley, The Undertaker and Stone Cold as the face of the company.
PG-Era and we have......... John Cena and Randy Orton.
Can we see the lack of depth in the faces of the company now? Only two people, both of which are forced down our throat. The talent pool has shrunk and so has product quality. Both the Golden and Attitude Eras had pay-per-views worth watching. We had King of the Ring (which almost always pointed to the next big star), WrestleMania which has always had it's celebrity appearances but they actually used talent on their roster and didn't have to resort to former employees because of fear they won't get buys. The Survivor Series which were always full of ss matches and always exciting.
Now we are stuck in the PG-Era. What does WWE give us? Half assed pay-per-views. Poorly structured storylines, and an announcer who doesn't know how to put over a wrestler if his life depended on it. For crying out loud we get two pay two pay-per-views with the same concept. Bragging Rights and Survivor Series. Both are identical with having ONLY one 10-man tag elimination match. The only difference is the winning team at Bragging Rights gets a trophy.
Then we have WrestleMania. We've had Mania after Mania with heavyweight title matches headlining and this year it's rumored a heavyweight title defense is the opener. An opener would be the diva's tag match, or the 12-man elimination match which determines the GM for both shows. If a title match doesn't headline please tell me what's the point of the Royal Rumble? Then we have Triple H/Taker 3, where's the roster depth needed to give Taker a new challenger? We've seen it twice already just because you put them in a HiaC and HBK as a guess ref doesn't make it better. To top it off we have a person who is not champ and a man who doesn't wrestle anymore headlining. So we have a non title match headlining and the same match we've seen two Manias previously.
When a company focuses on a feud between two on-air personalities more than your wrestlers you have a problem. Who the GM is doesn't put asses in seats. Wrestlers properly pushed put asses in seat. If we had more wrestlers to care about maybe buy rates would be awesome. You can produce several memorable pay-per-views with established stars. Rushing superstars to the top is a joke and a mistake. Look at Swagger, how many of us remember he was heavyweight champion? His title run was useless, he lost every smackdown match he's had as champ and dropped the title to Santino. Same with Sheamus. Yet we have an established star in Christian and he drops the title at the next Smackdown taping.
Yes, many people acknowledge the Attitude Era as the best, we have to look at why. WWE was in a ratings war with WCW. Who does WWE have to compete with? TNA? TNA would have to get their act together and force WWE to up their game. Step one would be not letting Flair participate at this year's HOF ceremony. Never would you have seen a WCW talent participating in a WWF event. Nor would a WCW star be featured in a WWF game like RVD did in last year's SvR.